Provisional CST Process
In an effort to meet the global needs of current Certified Scrum Professionals (CSPs) interested in pursuing their Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) credential, Scrum Alliance is proud to present a first release of the Provisional CST process.
Below are highlights of the application process:
Applicants still submit the current CST application, but they are not required to submit evidence of co-training or references from current CSTs. The burden of proof will be on the Applicants to demonstrate their knowledge, ability, and experience in whichever way they choose. For example, it may be through co-training, observation and training, submitting a video, or some other method chosen by the applicant.
Course materials must be submitted for each class the Applicant is interested in training. For example, applicants who only submit Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) materials will only be considered to teach CSM. If they submit both CSM and CSPO materials, they will be considered for both; however, the applicant must hold the CSPO and CSP to be considered to train CSPO classes.
The Applicant must provide information demonstrating that he or she has successfully facilitated Scrum training sessions with a minimum of 100 students in total.
The review team will be made up of 5 Pilot PTAC (Provisional Trainer Approval Community) members, and they will be responsible for conducting the application review, as well as a virtual interview if the initial review of the application is approved. The Applicant will be invited to interview. After the virtual interview, the PTAC team will decide if a Provisional CST should be granted or if the Applicant needs additional mentoring (i.e., assistance with training materials, understanding of certain principles, etc.). If the applicant is not granted a Provisional CST, the team will assign a mentor to the applicant and the mentor will provide support to the Applicant in order to equip the Applicant to be a Provisional CST.
After the mentoring, the Applicant will be invited to a final virtual interview, at which time he or she will either be granted Provisional CST Status or additional and specific recommendations for strengthening weak areas.
Going from Provisional Status to Full CST Status
If the Applicant is granted Provisional CST Status, he or she has up to six months to teach three CSM classes with a minimum of 10 paying students per class. Seventy percent of participants must take the test where 80% of attendees who attempt the test pass, and 80% of trainer feedback (via the Scrum Alliance-provided feedback form) must be "satisfactory." Feedback will be provided via a Scrum Alliance-provided feedback form. Participants will receive a link to the Scrum Alliance feedback form via email and will be required to submit their feedback in order to complete their CSM exam.
If the Provisional CST does not meet the requirements set forth above, he or she will not be granted CST status and will be required to resubmit the application once there is improvement in the necessary areas.
If the Provisional CST meets the requirements set forth above, he or she will be granted CST status and will then be required to meet the CST renewal process going forward.
How Does Provisional Status Vary from Full CST Status?
Provisional CST status is an internal status to Scrum Alliance only, and for all other purposes, those with Provisional CST status will have the same privileges as a full CST while they are satisfying the Provisional CST requirements.
Train the Trainer (TTT) Events
Attending a minimum of one Train the Trainer (TTT) event and submitting self-reflection highlighting key learning from the TTT event prior to obtaining full CST status will become a requirement in a future release.
The fee for the Provisional CST is $250.
We expect findings from the Provisional CST Pilot Program will help us inspect and adapt the process to make it stronger before offering this alternative path to all CST candidates in the future.